paint on canvas, spruce, plastic foil, pool noodles
142 x 160 x 160 cm
The artist duo Aurora Sander demonstrates the abysses of western consumer culture. Their objects represent a tiny revolt against big social problems as well as small grievances in an offensive, intelligent and funny way. They lead the audience to absurd thoughts or downright involve them as actors. In the exhibition space of the public pool, whose kiosk’s specialty is French fries, Aurora Sander place a huge Chinabox in the garden. At takeaways in the surrounding district Wedding, this supposedly authentic Asian snack is sold next to the infamous Dönerbox. The sculpture is titled Swim Or Sink and recalls the misery when time or money are insufficient for anything but the consumption of such a box while simultaneously comforting the visitors by containing pool noodles. The fact that this part of the artwork can be fished out of the Chinabox and used in the water represents a kind of subversion of value-added mechanisms of the art market that gives the artist duo an enourmous amount of pleasure.
About the artists
The artist duo Aurora Sander consists of Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard and Bror Sander Berg Størseth and was founded in 2013. The objects produced by the duo are caught between form and function, art and design, discourse and disgust. Their work has been exhibited at a number of venues, including the 7th International Moscow Biennale (2017), Yamamoto Gendai in Japan (2017), and the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial at Vigeland Museum (2015). Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard and Bror Sander Berg Størseth live in Berlin.